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Contract mining, outsourcing industry increasingly competitive

By: Bruce Montiea The contract mining and outsourcing industry is becoming increasingly ruthless, as big construction companies compete with smaller companies for contracts, says mining, construction and general plant hire company West Rand Plant Hire (WRPH). WRPH assistant plant manager Riaan Botes notes that... 

Finding good quality contractors a significant challenge

By: Bruce Montiea Among the many challenges facing the South African mining industry, such as strikes, skills retention and load-shedding, the challenge of employing and managing contractors seems to be significant, says contractor compliance management solutions company ComplyWorks MD Nicolai Massyn. He notes... 

Finding good quality contractors  a significant challenge
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PREPARING TO BLAST Finding quality contractors is among the biggest challenges for miners

Miners turn to contractors during tough times

By: Bruce Montiea Amid commodity-price pressure and high extraction costs, mining companies are looking to mining contractors for solutions to reduce costs, says surface mining company MCC Contract Mining CEO Justin Colling. He says, as a result, contracting companies have been forced to reassess their operating... 

Miners turn to contractors during tough times
CAPITAL EQUIPMENT Mining contractors are in a position to decrease of increase the volume of their equipment according to need

More miners seeking contractor support for short-term planning

By: Bruce Montiea An increased number of mining companies are seeking support from contractors for short-term tactical planning, as opposed to only long-term, strategic and life-of-mine planning, says opencast and underground mining consultant Sound Mining. However, Sound Mining director Vaughn Duke warns against... 

More miners seeking contractor support for short-term planning
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PLANNING A MINE An increased number of mining companies are seeking support from contractors for short-term tactical planning

Uptake of information and communications technology solutions improve mining operations

By: Bruce Montiea Technology and innovation have become important benchmarks of efficient and sustainable mining operations, says consulting firm Frost & Sullivan Africa. The company notes that, with the significant decrease in profitability in the South African mining industry over the past two years – owing to... 

Uptake of information and communications technology solutions improve mining operations
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VIRTUAL Cloud-based services lead to efficiency and operational accuracy for mines

Web-based mining VMS to be launched

By: Bruce Montiea Mining sourcing company Mining Web Index (MWI) will officially launch a Web-based vendor management system (VMS) next month to enable mining companies, service providers and vendors to conduct business in a corruption-free environment, the company says. “Given the level of corruption in business... 

Web-based mining VMS to be launched
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VIRTUAL ACCESS The Web-based vendor management system can be accessed from anywhere in the world

Equipment supplier aims to secure new contracts

By: David D‘ Oliveira South Africa-based equipment supplier Schwalbe Import and Export is in negotiations with two Africa-based mining companies to secure contracts in July, after a tumultuous 2013, Schwalbe MD Jonathan Betsalel tells Mining Weekly. “Last year was a difficult year in the mining industry and Schwalbe... 

Helping contractors meet miners’ compliance needs

By: David D‘ Oliveira Compliance management solutions provider ComplyWorks is rolling out its contractor and supplier management system at diversified miner Glencore Ferro Alloys and at platinum major Lonmin Platinum. Roll-out started at the two mining houses last year, but has been delayed as a result of the platinum... 

Helping contractors meet miners’ compliance needs
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NICOLAI MASSYN ComplyWorks provides an information platform, enabling contractors to upload information that matches the information needs of employer organisations

Platinum strike threatens contractor longevity

By: David D‘ Oliveira Mining contractors could be forced to close shop as a result of force majeure being declared at the strike-affected operations of platinum majors Anglo American Platinum, Impala Platinum and Lonmin. “Many of the general mining contractors survive on a month-to-month basis and the effects of... 

Platinum strike threatens contractor longevity
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PROTRACTED STRIKE, CONTRACTOR PLIGHT Mining companies are more likely to drop the axe on contractors than their permanent labour force

Training institute to upskill Northern Cape mineworkers

By: David D‘ Oliveira Black-owned private artisan training academy the Artisan Training Institute (ATI) has been awarded a contract by a South Africa-based diversified mining major to conduct training programmes at the facility for the next ten years. “The mining house is investing about R180-million in the... 

Turbulent SA mining industry challenging for contractors

By: David D‘ Oliveira Local hospitality services and facilities management company Tsebo Outsourcing Group has been affected by the recent platinum sector strike, which started in January this year, Tsebo CEO Clive Smith tells Mining Weekly. “Strikes, by their very nature, have a negative impact on the revenues and... 

Bucket elevators increase mine production capacity

Mining industry technology and products supplier Tenova Takraf Africa, formerly Bateman Engineered Technology, supervised the commissioning of five bucket elevators at the Moma minerals sands mine, in Northern Mozambique. 

Contract to distinguish owner mined from contract mined operations

The choice between owner-based mining and contract mining is becoming increasingly critical as mines focus on improving ore quantities and grades at lower production costs, says consulting engineering firm UWP Consulting international business development director Rod Stewart. 

Drilling solutions help extend mine life

Australia-based underground hard-rock mining contractor Barminco reports mine life can be extended through drilling programmes. The company successfully completed its most complicated drilling programme to date, at gold giant AngloGold Ashanti’s Moab Khotsong gold mine in the Vaal river area of... 

Mining contract expands service offering

By: Chantelle Kotze Mining contractor Concor Opencast Mining, a division of construction firm Murray & Roberts Construction, tells Mining Weekly that, in addition to its opencast mining services, it is considering venturing into chemical and hot-waste handling, with the possible addition of slimes handling services,... 

Process technology targets Africa, undertakes turnkey projects

By: Chantelle Kotze Environmental and process technology firm Enprotec aims to expand its footprint into the Mozambique coal mining sector and the rest of Southern Africa, owing to its comprehensive knowledge of Africa’s mining industry and technology needs. 

Skills training imperative for achieving fatality-free shifts

By: Chantelle Kotze Mining services company NewRak Mining senior GM Andy Brown tells Mining Weekly that, to date, the company has successfully achieved seven years and ten months of fall-of-ground fatality-free shifts at its operations. 

Tools reduce performance management complexity in mining sector

Mining houses face significant challenges in performance management, and budgeting, forecasting and reporting (BFR), owing to the complex and volatile nature of many of the elements within these functions. 

Effective leadership, systematic supervision, risk management a focus for 2013

By: Chantelle Kotze To promote internalised risk management by its employees, mining contractor Murray & Roberts Cementation will focus on systematic supervision next year, as the company’s risk management is still in supervision stage. 

Expanded capabilities offering secures new contracts in Africa

By: Chantelle Kotze Mining contracting company Murray & Roberts Cementation has been awarded new contracts in South Africa, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Zambia and Botswana during 2012 through expanding the capabilities of its mine development, mine engineering, mine services and contract mining... 

Focused on expanding African footprint, commodity diversification, safety

By: Chantelle Kotze As part of its growth strategy, mining contracting company Murray & Roberts Cementation is growing its presence in Africa and is planning to establish a regional office in Kitwe, Zambia, by June next year to service its current operations in that country. 

Platinum industry strikes encourage diversification and strengthening of operational abilities

By: Chantelle Kotze In light of the recent spate of mineworker strikes in South Africa’s platinum sector, mining contracting company Murray & Roberts Cementation MD Chris Sheppard says managing the expectations of its employees during these turbulent times and ensuring that the company still delivers against its... 

Various skills development programmes earmarked for 2013

By: Chantelle Kotze In addition to focusing on its usual value chain of skills development, mining contractor Murray & Roberts Cementation will introduce new training modules in 2013 on shaft sinking using the ‘Cementation Way’, trackless mechanised mining equipment, as well as high-level skills such as project... 

Contract mining in SA alive and well

By: Sashnee Moodley The need for contract mining is abundant and will remain so as long as the mining industry requires skills that are not available in-house, with mining houses expected to rely more on outsourcing when starting new operations, says explosives producer Bulk Mining Explosives (BME) marketing manager... 

Emigration causes decline in mining skills

By: Sashnee Moodley The activity level of the contract mining and outsourcing industry is increasing but the skilled labour shortage remains a major challenge as experts are still leaving South Africa for political and safety reasons says mining contractor Redpath Mining technical services and marketing GM Dirk... 

Mining specialists team up for Beeshoek project

Concor Opencast Mining, a division of construction firm Murray & Roberts Construction, and mining specialist Basil Read Mining, in a joint venture (JV), have embarked on a contract to extend the perimeter of an existing pit at raw materials supplier Assmang’s Beeshoek iron-ore mine, near... 

SA mining skills in high demand but short supply

By: Sashnee Moodley The ability of recruiters to source technically skilled South African mining labourers is becoming increasingly difficult and these expertise will soon be in serious short supply, says project support specialist Mecs Africa MD Roland Glass.  

Changing methods of sinking vertical shafts in mining

By: Natasha Odendaal Mining infrastructure, construction and services company Murray & Roberts (M&R) Cementation is changing the way mines and contractors work with vertical shafts through the introduction of its advanced shaft-lining technology. 

JV wins more contract work in West Africa

Underground rock-mining company Barminco and diversified mining and services company Ausdrill’s 50:50 joint-venture (JV) African Underground Mining Services (AUMS) has started three new underground contract mining projects in the West African region with three leading gold-mining companies. 

Key to success lies in education

By: Natasha Odendaal Employing the right people for the job at hand is the key to the success of plant hire company ALS BEE, part of the ALS group, says ALS BEE MD Bethuel Mokotedi.  

Kito electric hoists for platinum mine

Diversified engineering company Becker Engineering, part of the Becker group, has supplied 24 Kito electric hoists to a platinum mine in the Rustenburg area. 

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